The ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue on "ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe Partnership in a Transforming World", held both virtually and in person on June 22 (Photo: VNA)
– The past
25 years is a course of history with breakthroughs in international relations
of both Asia and Europe, and one of the most noteworthy achievements is the
Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM).
The remark was made by
Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, Vice Chairwoman of the National Committee for
Pacific Economic Cooperation and Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, while talking to the press on the occasion of ASEM’s 25th founding anniversary.
Regarding ASEM’s significance
to Vietnam and the country’s contributions to this multilateral forum as a
founding member, she said the establishment of ASEM was a turning point that
changed the nature of Asia - Europe relations and the equality in international
ASEM has helped the two
continents enhance their voice and coordination, effectively deal with issues
in international ties, and substantially contribute to the enhancement of
mutual understanding, cooperation, and equality to achieve common targets and
This forum was founded not
only to share and strengthen mutual understanding but also to take concrete
actions, Nga noted.
Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga (Photo: VNA)
She went on to say that via
ASEM, Vietnam has made use of support to promote negotiations on its entry into
the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its integration into the global economy.
The ambassador affirmed the
highly important role of ASEM and its members as the COVID-19 pandemic is remaining
complicated in both continents.
Apart from the current
cooperation priority of continuing responding to COVID-19, ASEM should also
consider a longer-term issue, namely the post-pandemic comprehensive
socio-economic recovery, she held.
ASEM is an important forum
for Vietnam in terms of strategy, economy, politics, security, development, and
society, Nga said, adding that the ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue on "ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe
Partnership in a Transforming World", held on June 22, showed that
the theme Vietnam chose for the event attracted the attention of other members.
The diplomat said the
dialogue also demonstrated the clear-sightedness of the foreign policy stated
in the resolution of the 13th National Party Congress.
What have been achieved over
the past 25 years have shown that ASEM continues to play a crucial role during
the implementation of Vietnam’s multilateral diplomacy, Nga added./.